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Completely unique among poetry anthologies, Poetry Like Bread contains works by poets whose imaginations are political. These are poets -- which include political activists, revolutionaries, guerilla combatants, and ordinary working people from around the world -- whose works are united in a desire for a world where human needs are met and justice is pursued.


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Completely unique among poetry anthologies, Poetry Like Bread contains works by poets whose imaginations are political. These are poets -- which include political activists, revolutionaries, guerilla combatants, and ordinary working people from around the world -- whose works are united in a desire for a world where human needs are met and justice is pursued.

30 review for Poetry Like Bread: Poets of the Political Imagination from Curbstone Press

  1. 5 out of 5

    Naomi

    These are not poems that flinch from addressing the painful and difficult. They are often prophetic poems or angry poems or grieving poems. But they all feed the spirit facing tyranny and injustice.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Layna Thompson

    some really great revolutionary, feminist, and otherwise thoughtful and strong poetry. very relevant

  3. 5 out of 5

    Deneene

    An incredible bilingual anthology which contains one of my favorite poems ever . . . Como Tú by Roque Dalton Yo, como tú, amo el amor, la vida, el dulce encanto de las cosas, el paisaje celeste de los días de enero. También mi sangre bulle y río por los ojos que han conocido el brote de las lágrimas. Creo que el mundo es bello, que la poesía es como el pan, de todos. Y que mis venas no terminan en mí sino en la sangre unánime de los que luchan por la vida, el amor, las cosas, el paisaje y el pan, la poesía de t An incredible bilingual anthology which contains one of my favorite poems ever . . . Como Tú by Roque Dalton Yo, como tú, amo el amor, la vida, el dulce encanto de las cosas, el paisaje celeste de los días de enero. También mi sangre bulle y río por los ojos que han conocido el brote de las lágrimas. Creo que el mundo es bello, que la poesía es como el pan, de todos. Y que mis venas no terminan en mí sino en la sangre unánime de los que luchan por la vida, el amor, las cosas, el paisaje y el pan, la poesía de todos. Like You Like you I love love, life, the sweet smell of things, the sky-blue landscape of January days. And my blood boils up and I laugh through eyes that have known the buds of tears. I believe the world is beautiful And that poetry, like bread, is for everyone. And that my veins don’t end in me but in the unanimous blood of those who struggle for life, love, little things, landscape and bread, the poetry of everyone.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Eve Lyons

    An excellent anthology of distinctly political poetry. Translated from Spanish and mostly by Central American poets, these works are by poets I would never have found otherwise, and include Espada's work himself, which is equally wonderful. What I love is that it captures the heart and soul of the working classes, and shows brilliantly how poetry can be found - I would argue even NEEDS to be found - in day to day, mundane existence. An excellent anthology of distinctly political poetry. Translated from Spanish and mostly by Central American poets, these works are by poets I would never have found otherwise, and include Espada's work himself, which is equally wonderful. What I love is that it captures the heart and soul of the working classes, and shows brilliantly how poetry can be found - I would argue even NEEDS to be found - in day to day, mundane existence.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This book has many great poems for when you are in a revolutionary mood.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tim

    Powerful poetry from many perspectives.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    This is an inspirational compilation. There are diverse and heart rendering perspectives on life, death, love, politics, and war. It is one of the 5 books that I take with me almost constantly.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Michael Mingo

    All around a very solid collection of poems. I am especially glad to be introduced to the works of Paul Laraque and Sarah Menefee.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne Gillespie

    Fabulous work!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    amazing selection of amazing poems.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sasha

    Totally a cool poetry book. He read at our school and he was a totally cool guy. I definitely recommend it to anyone.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    Highly recommended. First, there is a high percentage of memorable, impactful poems; second, there are many authors to be introduced to, primarily from Latin America. Poets I really liked in this collection: Jimmy Santiago Baca, Kevin Bowen, Ernesto Cardenal, Otto Rene Castillo, Martin Espada (the editor of this collection), Jack Hirshman, Sarah Menefee, Richard Schaaf, James Scully.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jollene

  14. 4 out of 5

    Margot

  15. 5 out of 5

    Athene

  16. 5 out of 5

    E.R.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Susan

  18. 4 out of 5

    a.novel.femme

  19. 5 out of 5

    Laure-anne

  20. 5 out of 5

    Chris Ciolli

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ralphbousquet

  22. 4 out of 5

    Paul

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shari

  24. 4 out of 5

    Dom Zuccone

  25. 4 out of 5

    Erika

  26. 5 out of 5

    Elliott Souder

  27. 5 out of 5

    Charles

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay Porter

  29. 4 out of 5

    M

  30. 5 out of 5

    Paul

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